Not as bad as we thought

We were quite disappointed by this morning’s flush count. Maybe the snipe are preferring the estuary to the semi-frozen ground and continuing very wet conditions in the nature reserve.  But looking back at the records, today’s total of 42 snipe (including 5 jack) is actually higher than the previous two Januarys.

Four snipe went up in the Hay Meadow, 3 in School Pond and 35 in Big Meadow. In addition we spotted several wrens, two mistle thrush in the LGGS Field, a female pheasant in Upper Sowerholme and a little egret flying over along the line of Lucy Brook. Earlier Graham had seen a little owl in Pony Wood.

Birdwatching walk

Lots of us turned up for the birdwatching walk with Jon this morning. It was a little windy, but we did see the following: a lapwing in the arable field, 2 little owls (one almost invisible on a post, another in one of the old metal containers next to the field), jackdaws, rooks and crows in the field, and a grey heron. And magpies picking ticks off the cattle in the Fauna fields; I had no idea they did that.

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Little Owl

Little owl sitting on fence post in Admiralty wood, then flying into oak trees with some sort of prey dangling from its feet.

It has been quite some time since I have seen one here, good to see them back.

Little owl???

Whilst on a walk along the Pads footpath this afternoon one of the regular dog walkers reported to me he had just seen (1.30pm) a small owl with vole like creature in its beak flying from Pony / Little wood area across to the small copse in Mr Ayrton’s fields.

As this was a diurnal sighting of a small owl we thought it highly likely to be a little owl.

The same man observed two roe deer last week crossing West Field, jumping over the Pads footpath and disappearing across the Flora field. He has a video of the first section.

I encouraged him to join the blog.

Bird walk

Thanks to everyone who came out for the bird walk on Saturday morning.

We were out for around an hour and 20 minutes or so, and clocked up just over 30 species in a relatively small area. We took in the Orchard, Pony Wood and FAUNA.
The morning’s highlights included little owl, redwing, kestrel, jay and snipe along with other common species.
I’m already looking forward to our next outing!